Don McBrearty

Don McBrearty

Film Director and Past President of The Director’s Guild of Canada

I am always impressed by the clarity and scope of Colleen’s vision for the city, by the time and energy she devotes to getting things done, and by her ability to effectively communicate the progress being made back to the people she represents.

My first meeting with Colleen occurred when we were both members of the Directors Guild of Canada, which at the time, was an organization in crisis. Colleen quickly established herself as a leader with a vision: give each DGC member a clear benefit for being part of a larger national organization.

She spearheaded a successful effort to establish a Health & Welfare Plan for all our members, and now 30 years later, our Guild is thriving right across the country. 

Colleen has always been a natural leader and team-builder who confronts problems as opportunities for positive change, and she clearly has the same passion, energy, and fierce determination to make a difference as she launches her Mayoral campaign in the city of Vancouver.


Judy Graves

Judy Graves

Freedom of the City Recipient, City of Vancouver Homeless Advocate

I am endorsing Colleen Hardwick, because she will leave our city in better shape than she found it.

Colleen studied Urban planning and Urban Geography at UBC. Her back room includes Vancouver’s top Professors of Planning and Geography. They advise how to make Vancouver livable and affordable for everyone, and Colleen knows how to get it done. No one works harder. She achieves.

Colleen Hardwick is the only Mayoral candidate who is not making empty promises. She is not backed by developer money. It will be good to have an honest, straight shooting Mayor, achieving the goals the people of Vancouver have been asking for the past 14 years.


Marguerite Ford

Marguerite Ford

Former 10 year TEAM Vancouver City Councillor,  Recipient of the Order Of British Columbia

Colleen has been involved in civic affairs since she was a teenager working on TEAM campaigns. She is bright and energetic and has a good grasp of the issues. She will make a real contribution on Vancouver City Council as Mayor.


Ray Spaxman LL.D, ARIBA, MRTPI, FCIP, RPP, Hon AIBC

Ray Spaxman LL.D, ARIBA, MRTPI, FCIP, RPP, Hon AIBC

Director of Planning, Subdivision Approving Officer, Chair and Member of the Urban Design Panel and Chair of the Development Permit Board for the City of Vancouver until 1989

Colleen’s Hardwick’s deep knowledge of the crucial planning and development processes and a proven commitment to genuine community engagement would be an enormous asset on City Council.

I have worked with dozens of Mayors in my time and have closely observed their performance and effectiveness in that role. Mayor Stewart has significant experience in City Hall governance, has high academic experience and has strong connections to several influential organizations BUT his lack of openness is a serious failure and his apparent special cosiness with major development interests leads to growing distrust of his administration.

I long for a time when my community is based on the principles of good neighbourliness, competence, openness, confidence, and trust. (I use “openness” rather than “transparency” for I think it represents a more active will to reach out and share. There is a frightening and widespread breakdown in trust occurring because these principles are not being followed.

Councillor Hardwick has high academic and work experience. Hardwick and her TEAM understand and want to be accountable for the principles I have based my evaluation. Their detailed platform is readable and comprehensive.

I endorse Colleen Hardwick.


Professor Patrick Condon

Professor Patrick Condon

Founding Chair - Urban Design Program, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UBC Vancouver Campus

I have known Colleen for 20 years working with her on community activities and on her PhD committee.

Colleen has more dedication to the city and entrepreneurial drive than almost anyone I know. Her respect for democracy makes her an absolutely essential addition to the Vancouver City Council.

Colleen Hardwick has the best plan for solving the housing crisis in the city of Vancouver. She will create thousands of non-market housing units like housing co-ops that will be affordable now and affordable in the future too.

I endorse Colleen Hardwick for Mayor.


Dr Setty Pendakur

Dr Setty Pendakur

Professor of Planning, Emeritus UBC, The first South Asian to be elected into the Vancouver City Council with T.E.A.M. in 1972.

Colleen is knowledgeable and experienced in urban affairs, especially aware of the challenges facing the City of Vancouver. Her participation in Vancouver Community Development is impressive. I would urge everyone to support her strongly and spread the word about her positive candidacy.


Dr Penelope Gurstein, PhD, MCIP, RPP

Dr Penelope Gurstein, PhD, MCIP, RPP

Professor Emeritus, School of Community & Regional Planning Director, Housing Research Collaborative The University of British Columbia / Vancouver Campus / Musqueam Traditional Territory

As an academic who has studied Vancouver’s planning trajectory for decades, I am increasingly worried how Vancouver has evolved into a city that is unaffordable for even the middle class and has a myriad of intractable social problems.

We need, as never before, city leadership that is knowledgeable, experienced and proposes innovative solutions. The only candidate that has the skills necessary to change our trajectory, and get back to listening to the citizens of Vancouver, is Colleen Hardwick from TEAM.

We need a new vision and new ideas to solve our problems, and I am confident that Colleen can do this.


Dr. Julian M. Somers

Dr. Julian M. Somers

SFU Distinguished Professor, Health Sciences

Chaos in the DTES is preventable. Kennedy Stewart voted against housing that reduces crime by 70%. Colleen Hardwick voted in favour and as Mayor will make that a reality.


Mark

Mark "Blue" Angus

Former President NPA

As the former President of the NPA organization, I want to declare that I am endorsing Colleen and the slate of Candidates of "Team For a Livable Vancouver".

I have known and worked with Colleen since the early 80’s and have no qualms whatsoever that she is the BEST candidate for the job as Mayor of Vancouver along with her other candidates.

I encourage all voters to really consider who can get the job done and who actually has the experience to run this great City.


Tom Adair

Tom Adair

Former Executive Director of the BC Council of Film Unions

If you live in Vancouver you likely care about the direction for Vancouver in the years ahead. Perhaps you are unsure of what you can do about it and whom to support. This is my opinion and why I am supporting TEAM.

I have known Colleen Hardwick the TEAM candidate for mayor for close to 30 years, she cares about retaining neighbourhoods and building community. It is a passion we share.

I have also got to know a number of the councillors and Park Board candidates over the last few months who share the concepts that TEAM has laid out.

They have as a group have carefully developed a common principled approach to addressing the needs of the citizens of the City of Vancouver.

With Colleen a TEAM of elected councillors real change can be possible.


William Nahanee “KWEL-A-A-NEXW”

William Nahanee “KWEL-A-A-NEXW”

Squamish Elder

I'm here to endorse a very wonderful lady Colleen Hardwick. I have known her for over 25 years. She is forthright, straightforward and very down to earth. She's very considerate of people. A person who has a lot of heart for people. Vancouver deserves that kind of quality on the on the City Council. Our beautiful city deserves a beautiful mayor.

John Clerides

Proprietor, Marquis Wine Cellars

Our families have owned businesses in the West End since 1958, the last three or four years have been deplorable for the city of Vancouver under Mayor Kennedy Stewart, if we can call him that. And our council. Random violent attacks, 4.2 a day, violent assaults, the crime, the litter has been absolutely deplorable.

We have a civic election coming on October 15th and my vote is going to Colleen Hardwick as mayor. She has the experience and the know how to help clean this city up.

Stewart is going down and the fight is between Colleen and Ken Sim. Ken is a nice man but he is a rookie. Please vote for Colleen and TEAM on October 15th.


Arny Wise

Arny Wise

Urban planner, Retired developer

I’m a businessman & developer/ urban planner, who used to vote for the NPA, but now I support ex-NPA Councillor Colleen Hardwick, the only experienced candidate who understands basic housing market dynamics, and that the failed supply-side housing policies of NDP Mayor Kennedy Stewart & rookie Ken Sim have made Vancouver the least affordable City in Canada.

It’s wrong when millennials making $100K can’t afford to live in Vancouver. Colleen Hardwick’s Affordable Housing Plan is financially viable. It will work for all employment income levels.


Joel Castillo

Joel Castillo

Past President, United Filipino Canadian Association in BC

Colleen was the first one who shared her vision for Vancouver and I am very positive about her dream for Vancouver. I will support that vision.


David Ley

David Ley

Professor Emeritus of Urban Geography, Department of Geography, UBC

From many years of studying housing questions in Vancouver, I’m supporting a candidate who understands the needs to balance new development with preserving older affordable housing and respecting existing plans for gradual neighbourhood densification. Colleen Hardwick also brings political experience and business acumen, and her policies are independent, and not influenced by donations from special interests. So I endorse Colleen Hardwick for Mayor and her TEAM candidates for Council.


David Wong

David Wong

Architect + Author Past Green Party Candidate

Colleen was there when our families first fought to save Chinatown and Strathcona. We fought against racism and worked hard for acceptance and dignity for ALL peoples. Colleen has the background and experience to understand issues ailing our city... that’s why her detractors are afraid of her. Colleen is the competent leader Vancouver so desperately needs.